Always wanted a 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 but unsure about doing it by yourself? We've taken away the hassle and uncertainty of organising the trip and the risk of doing it alone.
Experience this bucket list location in your own (or a hired) 4WD vehicle from Port Douglas, to the tip of Cape York, to the Gulf and back to (almost) Cairns. Travel at a leisurely pace, within the security of a group tour environment. You don't need to have any off-road driving experience because your guide is also a professional 4WD instructor, so he'll assist you through the difficult sections. You'll have stories to tell about this trip for years to come!
Get your iconic photo at the Tip of Cape York, experience a day trip to Thursday Island, drive on the Old Tele Track, ford challenging water crossings, swim in crystal clear streams, go fishing in remote locations, camp in wilderness settings, experience wildlife that exists nowhere else and make new friends. Find out what's included in the FAQ section below.
We'll show you the best experiences of the Cape at a relaxed pace and get you and your vehicle home again in one piece.
Duration: 21 Days
Start/End: Port Douglas/Atherton
Cost: $4250 per couple Extra passengers $400
See below for what's included in the cost. You can phone or email Tony directly about the tour on the contact details below. Check out the Video Testimonials at the bottom of this page.
🅒 Full-time, professional tour guide/4WD instructor with a Cert IV qualification in 4WD training and current first aid cert;
🅒 Reliable 200 Series Landcruiser tour vehicle with all safety, recovery, communications and emergency equipment (Garmin inReach - tracker, emergency beacon and satellite texting);
🅒 All accommodation including the first and last nights (holiday park cabin at Port Douglas/motel room in Atherton); Camping fees (eg. caravan parks and National Parks);
🅒 2 dinners (Loyalty Beach/Atherton Hotel) and 2 lunches (Thursday Island burgers and beer/Portland Roads Prawns on the beach);
🅒 Thursday Island ferry and bus tour; guided tour of the Undara Lava Tubes;
🅒 Aboriginal Land Permits; National Park entry fees;
🅒 Tyre changing and mechanical assistance; spare 2-way radios;
🅒 Night spotlighting sessions for animals; bird/animal ID books and apps; photography sessions and tips; some fishing gear and tuition.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
🅒 4WD Vehicle, fuel, food, camping gear, insurance, optional extras eg. fishing charters, eco boat tour, mine tour, scenic helicopter/plane flights etc.
WHAT ARE THE VEHICLE AND TRAILER REQUIREMENTS?
🅒 This tour is OK for off-road camper trailers. Contact us to discuss your trailer requirements.
🅒 A high clearance 4X4 vehicle with low range (with some exceptions) and upgraded suspension and a fuel range of 600 km is required for this tour.
🅒 All terrain LT tyres (light truck construction) with over 60% tread remaining (ie. about 7mm min).
🅒 You don't need a winch or lockers for this trip. The guide vehicle is carrying all recovery gear. Some basic recovery gear is advised to be carried however - spade, snatch strap, shackles and Max Trax.
🅒 A mechanical checklist is to be completed and returned by a qualified mechanic at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the tour. A medical form is also to be completed and returned 2 weeks prior to departure.
WHERE CAN I GET SUPPLIES AND FUEL?
🅒 Fuel and food is available at several locations along our route, however, you will need to have a fuel range of 600 km for the longest stretch with no fuel stops and contingencies.
WHEN CAN I SEE THE FULL ITINERARY?
🅒 A full itinerary is sent to you on booking. See below for the general plan. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change depending on track conditions, weather, vehicle issues etc.
Meet up North of Cairns for our first night's stay in Port Douglas (cabin included). Get to know the team at our briefing and optional dinner.
Bloomfield Track & Lion's Den
What a way to start this epic tour! The scenic Bloomfield Track leads us to our first night's camping spot - the iconic Lion's Den Hotel.
Cooktown & Lakefield National Park
Check out the historic and scenic location of Cooktown before heading to our remote bush camp in Lakefield National Park, the second largest National Park in Queensland. Plenty of opportunity to try catch a barra and be on the lookout for crocs!
Weipa by the sea
For the best sunsets on the Cape. 2 nights in Weipa allow us to stock up and explore. Optional boat tours, fishing, mine and helicopter tours.
The Old Telegraph Track
Drive this iconic section of the Tele Track. Tackle Palm Creek, Dulhunty Creek, Gunshot Creek and Cockatoo Creek.
Pajinka - The Tip of Cape York
This is what the crowd came to see! Get your iconic photo at the Northern-most point of mainland Australia. Spend a day on Thursday Island on the included ferry and scenic bus tour. 4 nights gives us plenty of time to take in the sights and history of the Bamaga and Seisia area.
Tele Track, Fruit Bat & Eliot Falls
Head South on another section of the Tele Track. Relax in the cool waters of Eliot, Twin and Fruit Bat Falls.
Iron Range National Park
The most amazing place for nature lovers. The bird and animal life in the rainforest is truely unique.
The Gulf Country - Karumba
The journey isn't over yet. Taking a remote and rarely used road, we head South West for 2 days on our way to Karumba, bush camping by a river along the way. Optional fishing trip is available in Karumba.
Undara Lava Tubes
On our last day we visit this incredible natural feature. A guided tour of the Lava Tubes is included.
The Final Whistle
Complete this amazing journey in the town of Atherton. Motel and dinner included. This is where we have our final dinner together, say goodbye to new friends and relive our experiences.
Tony is a full-time tour guide and Cert IV qualified trainer and assessor in four wheel driving. He has led remote tours all over Australia and in New Zealand including the South Island High Country, the Kimberleys, Flinders Ranges, Central Aust, Canning Stock Route, Victorian High Country, Arnhem Land and Cape York. Tony is a keen fisherman and photographer and loves chasing wildlife with the camera. He has a Degree in Tourism and a Masters Degree in Wildlife Management.
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